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Little Monsters is a series of books written by Tony Garth and released in the United Kingdom in 1997. The books are similar to the Mr. Men series of books, but they instead involve a certain mischievous kid (sometimes averted) and ther parents. The kid has a problem related to their behavior before something manages to make them change their ways.

The books are more well known for a cartoon aired on BBC in 1998. A CGI revival was set to air in Spring 2016, but it was scrapped for no reason.

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The books and the cartoon contain examples of:

  • 65-Episode Cartoon: The 2016 revival.
  • Accidental Tickle Torture: Ticklish Timmy has these all the time, even from drinking lemonade from a glass of water. Everybody else finds it funny as well.
  • Aesop Amnesia: The kids sometimes get this mere seconds after learning their lesson. For example, Bossy Bethany learns she shouldn't be bossy after a Drill Sergeant Nasty gives her a taste of her own medicine and apologizes to the others, but immediately starts being bossy again.
  • Alliterative Name: The kids.
  • Berserk Button: Tantrum Tabitha is a walking Berserk Button to the point where almost everything makes her throw a tantrum.
    • Don't try to make Nude Nigel wear clothes.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: Know-All Nancy's adjective in her name became "Who-But-I" in the Scots Gaelic dub of the cartoon.
  • Blowing a Raspberry: Rude Roger plays with this trope to the point where he uses it to show excitement.
  • Bookends: Some books use this trope. One example is when Silly Sydney decides to stop being so silly while leaving Adventure World, but then pulls off a face at the lady driving behind the family car.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Ticklish Timmy's uncontrollable laughter is used to help increase Corky the Clown's popularity performing for children.
  • Class Clown: Some of the kids are this trope at school.
  • The Comically Serious: Serious Sadie becomes this at the end of her book.
  • Cosplay: TV Trevor loves this trope as part of his TV obsession.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The names of the kids.
  • Eye Scream: Silly Sydney often bugs his eyes out and lets them flash different colors.
  • Flash In The Pan Fad: This is what drives the conflict for Stylish Stephanie; the students in her class wear goofy outfits, changing them by the next day. She eventually gets so fed up with it in about a few days.
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  • The Freelance Shame Squad: Subverted in one book. After Naughty Norman rips apart a pillow at a store, a huge crowd appears to see him laughing while his mother is embarrassed at the whole thing.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Some of the kids have this at the end of their books.
  • I Have No Son!: Naughty Norman's mother is somewhat considered this trope, as she attempts to make him behave just so she can buy him a pair of sneakers. He almost gets himself into yet another terrible situation, though.
  • Inane Blabbering: Silly Sydney plays with this trope in the cartoon.
  • The Kiddie Ride: Jolly Roger made one of the school bus shown in the cartoon's intro.
  • Lame Excuse: Wide-Awake Wesley loves this trope to the point where he uses these instead of going to bed.
  • Lazy Bum: Sulky Sue and Lazy Larry from day to night. Sue also has a dog that is this trope.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: One of the episodes of the cartoon is named "Start This Cartoon Now!"
  • Loud of War: Tantrum Tabitha screams so loud it can get annoying. Heck, an episode of the cartoon is named "Scream the Impossible Scream."
  • Naked People Are Funny: Nude Nigel is this to the other students in his class.
  • Nice Guy: Friendly Franco, Perfect Prudence, and Cute Candy are this to most of the characters.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: Nude Nigel hates being told something like this.
  • Potty Failure: Too Late Toby is the biggest offender. Not only does he end up peeing his pants right when he gets to the door, but he even does this all the time whenever he needs to go.
  • Recycled In Space: The Mr. Men and Little Miss as Grade schoolers.
  • The Song Remains the Same: The Greek dub of the cartoon gives the theme song this treatment.
  • Springtime for Hitler: At a school assembly, Tell-Tale Tallulah attempts to lie about Forgetful Fiona/Fran doing a picture she did, so that the latter would get in trouble. She instead wins an award for it.
  • Villain Protagonist: Most of the kids are this.
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